Our Top Tips to Bring Calm into your Daily Life
With everything happening in our lives, at times we can find ourselves stressed or overwhelmed with daily tasks, be this at work, within our relationships or money-related issues.
Stress has a way of taking over your body, and you can feel agitated, annoyed and frustrated. Sometimes it can be hard to feel calm in these moments and it's often easier said than done. We need to learn how to accept these feelings and how to best deal with them. To help we are sharing our top tips to bring calm into your daily life.
Journal your thoughts daily
Starting the day off journaling has been proven to bring some peace to your life. This can be writing down your dreams from the night before, expressing how you feel when you wake up, any lingering thoughts you may have or worries for the day ahead. Seeing it on paper and reading it to yourself can help put things into perspective.
When writing, do not worry about punctuation or if it makes sense, just writing these feelings on paper and letting the negative thoughts out can help bring a sense of calm to your day. By making time to journal, you’re giving yourself the chance to process your thoughts and feelings and to express them in a safe, private space.
Make time to meditate
You have probably heard of a mindful minute. Well, this will be such a game-changer in your life. Whether it be in the morning, before bed or in the middle of the day, take a minute (or 5) and just be still. When we are anxious or overwhelmed, we tend to take shorter breaths and this sends a message to the brain which causes it to go into ‘fight or flight mode’. Practise taking longer breaths when these feelings arise. This will send a positive message to the brain and in turn, will break this fight or flight response. During this mindful minute, visualise yourself calm. How does your body feel when you’re calm and think through these thoughts. Be picturing yourself calm, you will instantly start to feel more at ease. Meditating has many positive effects on the mind and body and is often overlooked but by making an effort to make it a regular thing, you should start to experience the benefits of it quite quickly.
We’re our own worst critic. We take things out on ourselves and can be harsh with our thoughts at times. Once we notice these thoughts, self-criticism and judgement, we can then practice self-compassion. Simply accepting and acknowledging the reality of these situations, you can then give compassion to yourself, just as you would with a good friend. Becoming aware of these thoughts or judgements directed to yourself is an important step towards replacing criticism with calm.
Focus on your surroundings
Taking a minute out of your day to notice your surroundings can bring a sense of relief to any situation. This can be as simple as noticing the items on the desk in front of you, staring at the sky and noticing the colours, or watching others walking. Focusing on surrounding things can help to ground you and change your energy from overwhelm to calm.
Listen to music
Blasting your favourite tunes can really help to bring some calmness to your life. Playing your favourite playlist, listening to a calming podcast or just chilling out by listening to some wave noises can help reduce stress-related feelings and can uplift your mood. Music is so effective for relaxation. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive whereas a slower tempo can quiet the mind and relax the muscles.
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